So you have secured a new place in a new city. Congratulations! It’s time to get ready for quite an adventure because only half of the battle is complete. Now you need to focus on physically moving all your stuff–and yourself–from here to there. We have compiled some tips that you may not have thought of just yet.
This just might be the most difficult part of your journey, but it is a must. Take a serious look at all of your belongings and decide what comes with you and what does not. Minimizing the amount of things you take with you will allow you to save money on your move. Transportation and storage costs will largely depend on the amount of things you require to be moved. It will also be a breath of fresh air when you can start a new life in a new place without a bunch of random stuff you really do not need taking up space in your new apartment. Separate your things into distinct categories: keep/pack, donate, sell and trash. This may seem like cliche advance, and there is a good reason for that. This advice works!
Seek out cheaper transportation
When you think of a cross-country or out of state move, you probably imagine a large moving truck filled to the max with furniture and cardboard boxes. But depending on your situation and budget, that traditional option may not be the most affordable way to go. What some people do not consider is that the longer distance you are driving, the more your wallet will be impacted. That’s because you will need to factor in hotel stops, fuel and fast food and snacks. It is entirely possible that you will save money traveling via airplane or train while your vehicle and belongings are shipped separately. This does require quite a bit of time and research, but if it can save you a significant amount of money, it is well worth the inconvenience.
Budget every little thing
There’s no easy way to say it–moving long distance is expensive. By doing your research, there are ways that you can cut corners here and there. For example, when you request quotes from moving companies, be sure to ask if pricing differs on different days of the week. Chances are, a weekend move will be more expensive than a weekday move. Also, many grocery stores and other retailers throw out their cardboard boxes. A few phone calls is all that’s required to find out which stores will give them to you for free. Hey, they may even throw in free packing and padding materials. Just ask!
Before hitting the road
Is your new place move-in ready? Are the essential utilities–electricity and water–turned on? What about cable and Internet service? Do you already have your keys, or will your landlord be there to greet you? You will not be a happy camper if, after a long day or two of traveling, your place is not prepared. Make those phone calls early and confirm that everything is already in place.